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12. Mr. Dunne: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what discussions he has had with National Assembly for Wales Secretaries on the cross-border implications of improvements to the out-of-hours GP services available in Wales. 
Local Health Boards are monitoring the performance of providers and look for continual performance improvement. In addition, the Assembly also undertakes performance monitoring against the agreed quality standards.
Nick Ainger: My right hon. Friend and I have regular discussions with Assembly Government Ministers on various issues of mutual interest, including those relating to Wales' economic performance. Gross Value Added per head in Wales in 2003, the latest year for which figures are available, was £12,629 or 79.0 per cent. of the UK average, its highest relative level for five years.
Mr. Hain: In the White Paper the proposal is that a simple amendment should be made to the provisions in section 5 of the Government of Wales Act to prevent constituency candidates standing as list members.
Phil Hope: This is a matter for the Learning and Skills Council (LSC). Mark Haysom, the Council's Chief Executive, will write to the hon. Member with the information requested and a copy of his reply will be placed in the Library.
I write in response to your recent Parliamentary Question to the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, in which you asked how many people are in adult education in each London borough per 1,000 in population, this has been forwarded to me for a response.
I enclose a table showing the number of adults who were in some form of education funded by the LSC or by the Higher Education Funding Council in 2003/04 (the most recent figures available). Please note that the table I've enclosed shows the number of people who are resident of one of the London boroughs who are in education either in London or elsewhere. This definition has been chosen as it is the best way to make sense of a proportion based on resident population, in response to your specific request. This is not the same as the number of adults who are accessing learning in an institution within a particular borough.
Overall, figures show that 15 per cent. of the adult population in London accessed some form of education in Further Education (FE), Adult and Community Learning (ACL) or Higher Education (HE) in 200304. Just over half of this provision was in FE, about a third in HE with the remaining one-sixth in ACL.
The percentages by borough vary from 11 per cent. to 20 per cent. Interestingly, the boroughs with the highest proportions of adults in learning tend to be in the inner London boroughs. More than 18 per cent. of adults in Lambeth, Hackney, Islington, Newham, Waltham Forest, Haringey, Brent and Lewisham were accessing learning in 200304.
|FE||ACL||HE||Total||Population||Learners per 1,000 population|
|Barking and Dagenham||8,644||2,554.00||3,376.00||14,574||118,500||123|
|City of London||447||213.00||530.00||1,190||7,000||170|
|Hammersmith and Fulham||9,553||4,107.00||6,332.00||19,992||139,300||144|
|Kensington and Chelsea||7,784||2,033.00||5,695.00||15,512||141,400||110|
|Kingston upon Thames||7,108||6,410.00||5.641.00||19,159||115,100||166|
|Richmond Upon Thames||10,767||5,109.00||6,655.00||22,531||138,400||163|
|Westminster, City of||12,563||3,064.00||7,516.00||23,143||182,900||127|
Mr. Hood: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many young people she expects will be participating in apprenticeship schemes by the end of August; and if she will make a statement. 
Phil Hope: This is a matter for the Learning and Skills Council. Mark Haysom, the council's chief executive, will write to my hon. Friend with this information and a copy of his reply will be placed in the House Library.
I write on Mark Haysom's behalf, due to him currently being on annual leave, in response to your recent Parliamentary Question to the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, which has been referred to the Learning and Skills Council (LSC) by Phil Hope, regarding how many young people we expect will be participating in apprenticeship schemes by the end of August.
The exact number participating in Apprenticeships at any one time depends on the number who start and the length of time to complete. As the length of time for completion varies with the apprenticeship framework, the number is affected by the sectoral mix of apprentices recruited.
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